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The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.
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The irreverent Monty Python comedy troupe present a series of skits which are often surreal, bawdy, uncompromising and/or tasteless, but nearly always hilarious. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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5 October 1969 (UK)  »

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Gwen Dibley's Flying Circus  »

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Trivia

The first three episodes filmed were reversed in order of original airing: episode #1 (Monty Python's Flying Circus: Whither Canada? (1969)) was filmed 7 Sept 1969, aired 5 Oct 1969; episode #2 (Monty Python's Flying Circus: Sex and Violence (1969)) was filmed 30 Aug 1969, aired 12 Oct 1969; and episode #3 (Monty Python's Flying Circus: How to Recognise Different Types of Trees from Quite a Long Way Away (1969)) was the first one filmed, on 14 Aug 1969, but not aired until 19 Oct 1969. See more »

Quotes

Investment Banker: Now,
[looks through a dictionary]
Investment Banker: Inner Life. Inner Life... It's not in there!
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Crazy Credits

One episode omits the entire opening sequence of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" in favour of a simple title caption - "The Cycling Tour". See more »


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The Liberty Bell
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed by the Coldstream Guards
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Monty Python's and their unique brand of humor

A gentleman (John Cleese) enters a pet shop and wants to register a complaint that the parrot that he had bought from that very boutique just half an hour ago was in fact a 'dead parrot'. The owner (Michael Palin) tries to convince him that the Parrot, a Norwegian Blue, was not really dead and was just resting. The argument continues and gets sillier and sillier until an army colonel (Graham Chapman) pops out of nowhere and stops the sketch abruptly because it was getting very silly. If this kind of humor doesn't interest you, read no further and plan on watching something else. But if it does and if you have not seen Monty Pythons Flying Circus you haven't seen nothing yet.

Monty pythons pretty much invented and perfected their unique brand of humor which can be categorized as 'surreal'. One can argue that 'the Goon Show' was the archetype for Monty pythons, which is true, but then Monty Pythons took it to territories that had never been explored before. They created a world where you can get a government grant for silly walks or buy an argument in an argument clinic. A world in which a father and son could have the age old "romantic vs. a simple coal miner" argument, just that in this world the son is a regular coal miner whereas it's the father whose head is full of useless novels and poems. Just like the Beatles they took something and created something completely new out of it. The comparison is valid because Monty Pythons at their peak enjoyed the status of any of the rock stars in those days (including groupies) and the Beatles, George Harrison in particular, were their biggest promoters.

Terri Gillian's stream of consciousness art work is pretty bizarre and holds all the sketches together. John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones play all the characters (including women's) themselves with dead seriousness. This is insane humor at it's brilliant best.


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